A 10-hour standoff between police and a shooting suspect barricaded in a northeast Oklahoma City house, ended peacefully at 6:35 p.m. — nearly two hours after police fired a gas canister into the residence.
Sgt. Paco Balderrama said police arrested 55-year-old John Ivory Thomas, when he finally gave in to police commands and exited the side door of his residence. The standoff began shortly before 8 a.m., when someone inside the house in the 3000 block of NE 9 shot police Sgt. Clay Williams, a 19-year veteran. Williams was struck once in the collarbone but not seriously hurt.
Police estimate Thomas fired 30 to 45 shots over the course of the standoff, however, no one hit, and police did not return fire after initial exchange. Thomas will face complaints of assault with deadly weapon, violation of a VPO and undetermined gun complaints.
The Oklahoman’s Ken Raymond, Brian Sargent and Augie Frost have been on the scene all day, you can find their latest updates online at NewsOK.com and a complete report in Friday’s Oklahoman.